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Cinderella, Scottish Ballet

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The ultimate spectacle. Primary colours that burst out of the darkness. Billowing ball gowns whisking you into a magical world. And Prokofiev’s irresistibly melodic score showing well-loved characters in a whole new light – performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. Read more …

Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella is everything you adore about the classic fairy tale – made fresh, funny and touching.

We meet Cinderella at the saddest of times, then see her taken for granted by her wicked stepmother and two nasty stepsisters. But there’s no time for despair: Cinderella’s fairy godmother is casting spells of dressmaker spiders, magical roses and a very special glass slipper. Will love conquer loneliness, and light chase away the dark? Be part of the spectacle, and rediscover this classic tale.

Devised by our artistic director for Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2007, Scottish Ballet staged the European premiere of Cinderella to widespread acclaim in 2015.

Running time: The performance lasts approximately two hours and 20 minutes including two 20 minute intervals.

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The critical consensus

The freshness and approachability retained by this revival do all concerned great credit. Perhaps a smidgeon of its personality has been lost, and the humour threatens to overshadow the magic, but it remains a thing of considerable beauty.

****(*)Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre, 09/12/2018

A wonderful evening's entertainment at the ballet and Hampson's creation has shown that it can stand the test of time.

Graeme Strachan, British Theatre Guide, 11/12/2018

A production that ultimately feels like a celebration of the triumph of good taste and judgment over vulgarity.

Mark Brown, Scottish Stage, 11/12/2018

Stylish, elegant and magical, Scottish Ballet's Cinderella, choreographed by Christopher Hampson, at times takes one's breath away.

****(*)Stephanie Green, Broadway Baby, 11/12/2018

An enchanting and wholesome interpretation of the classic folk tale.

****(*)Alice Lannon, The Skinny, 13/12/2018

Enchanting, concise and fun!

*****Robert Dow, The Wee Review, 13/12/2018

This is a production which dazzles, with its eerie, sprightly and ultimately euphoric sequences.

Lorna Irvine, The Tempo House, 05/01/2019

The story is traditionally told with funny moments, which never overpower or try too hard.

AR Hunter, Review Sphere, 05/01/2019

The overwhelming feeling I got from Christopher Hampson's production was pure magic. Cinderella is a stunning show with seemingly effortless performances from an exceptional cast.

*****Natalie O'Donoghue, Broadway World, 05/01/2019

Features about Cinderella, Scottish Ballet

Scottish Ballet brings back Christopher Hampson's Cinderella

Kelly Apter, The List, 16/11/2018

Where and when?

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh from Saturday December 8, 2018, until Sunday December 30, 2018. More info:

Theatre Royal, Glasgow from Friday January 4, 2019, until Saturday January 12, 2019. More info:

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen from Wednesday January 16, 2019, until Saturday January 19, 2019. More info:

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness from Wednesday January 23, 2019, until Saturday January 26, 2019. More info:

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